Les Poissons! Les Poissons!

Andy sings the hilarious Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid in his Fiddlehead Theatre debut. He returns to Boston after starring as the heartbroken jester Jack Point in Yeoman of the Guard with Winter Opera Saint Louis. Performances at Boston's Historic Strand Theater, November 27th - December 6th.

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The Belle of Acadia in Portland

In it's first performance in a hundred years, Andy performs the featured comic role of Hans Wagner in Evangeline, or The Belle of Acadia. Edward Rice's Evangeline was performed thousands of times through the late 19th century and is considered a precursor to the modern Broadway musical. Andy was last seen in Maine as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with The Bar Harbor Music Festival, where the Mount Desert Islander called him "a scene stealer, bouncing about the stage". Performances with The Longfellow Chorus of Portland, April 2nd & 3rd.

Info: The Longfellow Chorus

Bio about Andy


"Papas was delighfully ridiculous as Magnifico, bringing vocal power and finesse to the role."
       -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Highly praised for his comic timing and rich voice (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Andy Papas is a professional opera singer based in Boston. He makes company debuts this season in New England, the Midwest, and Washington State. In Milwaukee, he is Magnifico for Skylight Music Theatre's La Cenerentola, a role he reprises with Skagit Opera of Seattle in March. This spring he adds to his list of World Premieres, performing Stephano in Joseph Summers' The Tempest, with The Shakespeare Concerts in Boston. He returns to the Pacific Northwest in May for the iconic baritone solo in Beethoven's 9th Symphony for The Mid-Columbia Symphony. In July, he finishes his Rossinian year with yet another Magnifico, this time for The Bar Harbor Music Festival. Finally, he returns to St. Louis this summer for a third season with Union Avenue Opera, performing Count Ceprano in Rigoletto. Earlier in 2014, he performed his signature Gilbert & Sullivan roles, The Major General in The Pirates of Penzance and Ko-Ko in The Mikado, both for Opera Providence.

2013-14 marked debuts with Opera Company of Middlebury and The Reagle Music Theatre of Boston. In Middlebury, Andy was Haly in L’Italiana in Algeri, where The Rutland Herald lauded his “rich voice” and called his performance “a riot”. With Reagle, Andy made his professional Musical Theatre debut as Avram in Fiddler on the Roof. Additionally, he toured throughout the Great Lakes as Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Opera for the Young.

2012-2013 was a busy season for Andy, with performances in both the Midwest and New England. Andy was the Tsar in the world premiere of Polina Nazaykinskaya’s The Magic Mirror with Juventas New Music Ensemble at the Calderwood Paviliion. In April, he joined the chorus of Boston Lyric Opera in their acclaimed production of Der Fliegende Holländer at the Shubert Theatre. A year earlier, in his hometown debut, Andy was Schaunard in La Bohème with Boston Opera Collaborative.

In February 2013, Andy sang a concert of Opera and Musical Theater favorites as part of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation’s Concert Series. Prior to that, he performed the role of the Father (Pandolfe) in Cinderella (Cendrillon) with Opera for the Young. With Cinderella, Andy toured to 65 schools in four states in the debut season of the show.

In November 2012, Andy charmed New Hampshire audiences as Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Raylynmor Opera. Also in November, Andy returned to St. Louis to perform in the 2013 Benefit Gala with Union Avenue Opera. He was last seen at Union Avenue Opera in 2011 in the role of Pong in Turandot, under the baton of Maestro Scott Schoonover. Praised by the St. Louis press for a delightfully comedic performance, Andy also sang with Union Avenue as the Major General in The Pirates of Penzance in 2010.

In the spring of 2011, Andy joined Opera for the Young as both the Major General & The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, touring to over 50 venues throughout the Midwest. Opera for the Young is a unique opera company that incorporates children into the performance at each school. The cast of Opera for the Young teaches a new group of children at each school to be the onstage chorus, encouraging appreciation for opera in a truly hands-on approach. Andy also performed both the Father & Witch in OFY’s original adaptation of Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel in 2012.

Andy was a 2011 Emerging Artist with the St. Petersburg Opera, performing Marullo in Rigoletto, Schaunard in scenes from La Bohème, and Uncle Yakusíde in Madama Butterfly. Additionally, he covered the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and performed the role in several performances throughout the Tampa Bay Area. While at SPO, Andy coached with acclaimed Soprano Stella Zambalis, and Maestro Mark Sforzini.

In the summer of 2009, Andy was a young artist at Opera New Jersey, covering the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado. He was seen in concerts throughout Princeton, NJ, performing opera and musical theater scenes as well as his original rendition of “I’ve got a little list”.

Andy completed his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at the University of Houston in 2009. While at UH, Andy was seen as Uncle John in the Houston premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld and Snooks Brenner (Father of the Bride) in William Bolcom’s A Wedding, all under the direction of Buck Ross. In Houston, he was also seen as the title role in Gianni Schicchi, as soloist with the Houston Ballet II, and in outreach performances of The Refuge with Houston Grand Opera. In addition, Andy collaborated with celebrated musicologist Howard Pollack, singing Junior Mister in Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle will Rock.

Prior to attending UH, Andy made his professional debut as an Apprentice Artist with Lyric Opera Cleveland in 2006. He performed the role of Redwood Son in the World Premiere of Randall Eng’s Florida, and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance.

Andy received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan in 2007, performing in both Musical Theater and Opera. Musical Theater role credits at UM include Charlemagne (Pippin), Old Man Strong (Urinetown), and Smokey (Damn Yankees). He studied with Freda Herseth, and coached with acclaimed composer & performer duo William Bolcom and Joan Morris.

Andy was born and raised in the Boston area, and started playing both piano and trumpet at the age of 8. He performed leading roles in musicals and plays, and was Drum Major of the Winchester HS Marching Band. In his free time, Andy enjoys skiing, traveling, and the foodie life, and owes thanks to his family, friends, and partner Chris for their love and support.

Scheduleupcoming engagements

Sept. 4 - Oct. 11

Lyric Stage, Boston, MA

My Fair Lady (Ensemble)

Lyric Stage Company

Oct. 30 ' Nov. 1

Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO

Yeoman of the Guard (Jack Point)

Winter Opera Saint Louis

Nov. 27 - Dec. 6

The Strand Theatre, Boston, MA

The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis)

Fiddlehead Theatre Company

April 2 & 3, 2016

Portland HS Auditorium, Portland, ME

Evangeline (Hans Wagner)

The Longfellow Chorus

April 22 - May 1, 2016

The Strand Theatre, Boston, MA

Showboat (Ensemble)

Fiddlehead Theatre Company

Recent Events

August 2015

St. Louis, MO

Rigoletto (Ceprano)

Union Avenue Opera

July 2015

Bar Harbor, ME

La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico)

Bar Harbor Music Festival

May 2015

Richland, WA

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Baritone soloist)

Mid-Columbia Symphony

May 2015

Boston, MA

Sir John in Love (Peter Simple)

Odyssey Opera

April 2015

Somerville, MA

The Tempest (Stephano)

The Shakespeare Concerts

February/March 2015

Mt. Vernon, WA

La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico)

Skagit Opera

September/October 2014

Milwaukee, WI

La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico)

Skylight Music Theatre

October 2014

Worcester, MA & Woonsocket, RI

The Pirates of Penzance (Major General)

Opera Providence

August 2014

Providence, RI

The Mikado (Ko-Ko)

Opera Providence

May 2014

Middlebury, VT

L'Italiana in Algieri (Haly)

Opera Company of Middlebury

March 2014

Boston, MA

Rigoletto (Chorus)

Boston Lyric Opera

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Résuméprevious roles

Jack PointYeoman of the GuardWinter Opera Saint Louis2015
Don MagnificoLa CenerentolaBar Harbor Music Festival2015
CepranoRigolettoUnion Avenue Opera2015
Peter SimpleSir John in LoveOdyssey Opera2015
Don MagnificoLa CenerentolaSkagit Opera2015
Don MagnificoLa CenerentolaSkylight Music Theatre2014
Ko-KoThe MikadoOpera Providence2014
HalyL'Italiana in AlgieriOpera Company of Middlebury2014
Doctor BartoloThe Barber of SevilleOpera for the Young2014
Major General StanleyThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera Providence2013
PandolfeCendrillonOpera for the Young2013
Ko-KoThe MikadoRaylynmor Opera2012
SchaunardLa BohémeBoston Opera Collaborative2012
Peter/WitchHansel and GretelOpera for the Young2012
PongTurandotUnion Avenue Opera2011
Sharplessº, YakusídeMadama ButterflySt. Petersburg Opera2011
MarulloRigolettoSt. Petersburg Opera2011
Major General StanleyThe Pirates of PenzanceUnion Avenue Opera2010
Major General StanleyThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera for the Young2010
Ko-KoºThe MikadoOpera New Jersey2009
Uncle JohnThe Grapes of WrathUniversity of Houston2009
MasettoDon GiovanniArbor Opera Theater2008
Gianni SchicchiGianni SchicchiCypress-Fairbanks Opera2008
Count AlmavivaLe Nozze di FigaroHalifax Summer Opera2008
JupiterOrpheus in the UnderworldUniversity of Houston2008
SnooksA WeddingUniversity of Houston2008
Le MariLes Mamelles de TiresiasUniversity of Houston2007
MarcheseLa TraviataArbor Opera Theater2007
Pirate Kingº, SamuelThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera Cleveland2006
World Premiere Opera
StephanoThe TempestThe Shakespeare Concerts2015
TsarThe Magic MirrorJuventas Opera2013
Leopold BloomUlyssesRoger Rudenstein Recordings2011
SoloistThe Refuge: MexicoHouston Grand Opera Outreach2007
Redwood SonFloridaOpera Cleveland2006
Musical Theatre
EnsembleShowboatFiddlehead Theatre2016
Hans WagnerEvangelineLongfellow Chorus2016
Chef LouisThe Little MermaidFiddlehead Theatre2015
EnsembleMy Fair LadyLyric Stage Co. of Boston2015
Avram the BooksellerFiddler on the RoofReagle Music Theatre2013
Junior MisterThe Cradle Will RockUniversity of Houston2009
Old Man Strong/EnsembleUrinetown: The MusicalUniversity of Michigan2006
CharlemagnePippinUniversity of Michigan2005
Baritone SoloistBeethoven Symphony no. 9Mid-Columbia Symphony2015
BaritoneBrahms Liebeslieder WaltzesHouston Ballet II2008
Baritone SoloistPetite Messe SolennelleUniversity of Houston2007
Young Artist Programs
Emerging ArtistSt. Petersburg OperaSt. Petersburg, FL2011
Studio ArtistOpera New JerseyPrinceton, NJ2009
Apprentice ArtistOpera ClevelandCleveland, OH2006
ConductorsStage Directors
Scott SchoonoverBuck Ross
Dean WilliamsonMark Meier
Lidiya YankovskayaDiane Garton Edie
Viswa SubbaramanDean Anthony


AdamsNixonChou En-lai*
BizetCarmenDancaï re
BlitzsteinThe Cradle Will RockJunior Mister
BockFiddler on the RoofTevye*/Avram
BolcomA WeddingSnooks
ChingMidsummer Night's DreamNick Bottom
DonizettiDon PasqualeMalatesta
GordonGrapes of WrathUncle John
HollmanUrinetownOld Man Strong
HumperdinckHansel & GretelFather
LeharThe Merry WidowBaron Zeta*
MenottiThe Saint of Bleecker StreetSalvatore
MozartThe Marriage of FigaroIl Conte Almaviva/Figaro*
Don GiovanniMasetto
The ImpresarioFrank*
The Magic FlutePapageno*
MussorgskyBoris GodunovRangoni*
OffenbachOrpheus in the UnderworldJupiter
La PéricholeDon Andrès*
PoulencLes Mamelles de TiresiasLe Mari/Le Gendarme*
ProkovievWar and PeaceNapoleon*
PucciniLa BohèmeSchaunard/Marcello*
Madame ButterflySharpless/Yakuside
Gianni SchicchiGianni Schicchi
Ross/AdlerDamn YankeesSmokey
RossiniIl Turco in ItaliaProsdocimo*
The Barber of SevilleFigaro*/Bartolo*
La CenerentolaDandini*
L'Italiana in AlgieriTaddeo*
SondheimInto the WoodsWolf*
J. StraussDie FledermausDr. Falke*
SullivanThe MikadoKo-ko
The Pirates of PenzanceMajor General/Pirate King/Samuel
IolantheLord Chancellor*
Yeoman of the GuardThe Joker*
VerdiTraviataMarquis D'obigny
WeillThe Threepenny OperaPeachum*
Concert Repertoire
HaydnThe Seasons
The Creation
OrffCarmina Burana*
RossiniPetite Messe Solennelle

* Suggested Roles

Audiotake a listen

Miei Rampoli Femminini

from La Cenerentola

March 2015
Skagit Opera
Maestro Dean Williamson

Sia Qualunque Deglie Figlie

from Act 2 of La Cenerentola

March 2015
Skagit Opera
Maestro Dean Williamson

Le femmine d'Italia

from L'Italiana in Algeri

June 2014
Opera Company of Middlebury Orchestra
Maestro Emmanuel Plasson

Modern Major General

from The Pirates of Penzance

November 2012
Rehearsal with The Union Avenue Opera Orchestra

If I Were a Rich Man

from Fiddler on the Roof

February 2013
Pianist: Sandy Baetzhold

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